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Ala. Gov. Riley may sit out GOP convention

April 6, 2004 at 4:31 PM

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Alabama Gov. Bob Riley will not lead the GOP delegation to the Republican National Convention and may sit it out entirely, the Mobile Register said Tuesday.

Alabama's senior statewide elected Republican, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, instead will lead the delegation. He is also directing the Bush re-election effort in the state.

Riley, who was rebuked by members of his own party when he pushed for a massive billion-dollar tax increase shortly after taking office, is not seeking a seat as a convention delegate.

As governor, the paper said, Riley will still have floor privileges at the convention, although only delegates may cast votes for presidential and vice presidential nominees and on questions concerning the party's platform.

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